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April events to lift Fresno area

The Fresno area stands to gain $2 million in economy activity throughout April through 16 different convention and sporting events, the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau reported.

Kaiser store extends hours for health coverage

Health coverage deadline looming.
Kaiser Permanente’s Shop KP retail store at Shaw and Brawley avenues in Fresno will have extended hours this weekend to help Valley residents enroll for health coverage before the March 31 open enrollment deadline.

Fresno State hosting teacher job fair

Fresno State is looking to give away teachers during a recruitment fair at the Fresno Convention Center March 27.

Grape & Tree Fruit president named

David Jackson.
The California Grape & Tree Fruit League kicked off its new fiscal year at its annual Membership Meeting in Ojai Tuesday by electing David Jackson, president of Family Tree Farms in Reedley, as chairman of the board of directors for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Fresno County OKs $73K in fines for pot growers

(AP) — Two Fresno County residents who grew marijuana at their homes have been fined a total of $73,000 under the county's new pot cultivation ban.

Farm lenders generate $100K for drought relief

Fresno Madera Farm Credit and Golden State Farm Credit were a few of seven farm lending associations that helped to generate $100,000 to alleviate hunger in drought-stricken farm communities throughout the state.

SBA to hold contractor workshop

Small Business Administration plans workshop.
The Small Business Administration will hold a free workshop on how to compete effectively for federal, state and High Speed Rail Authority contracting opportunities from 9 a.m. to noon April 17 at the Small Business Administration building, 801 R St., Suite 201, second floor, in Fresno.

Common Threads recipients to be honored Thursday

Five San Joaquin Valley women will be honored with the Common Threads Award at the 18th Annual Common Threads Luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday at the University Courtyard Dining Hall at Fresno State.

Cal/OSHA launches heat illness prevention

With hot weather just around the corner, Cal/OSHA has launched its 2014 Heat Illness Prevention Program to educate employers and workers on the risks of prolonged heat exposure at outdoor worksites.

Homebuilders mull recycled water legislation

Legislation in Sacramento would change state building codes to require more use of recycled water.Proposed legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles would require recycled water for irrigation at newly constructed homes and commercial buildings in cities that have recycled water facilities or are planning to construct them.